Lois Luella (McMurtry) Hill was born Nov. 12, 1934, in Anselmo, the daughter of Roy and Florence (Hanke) McMurtry. She attended school in Anselmo until the 5th grade when she moved with her family to Broken Bow.
As a teenager, Lois accepted Christ as her Saviour and was baptized at Pible Lake while at church camp. Lois graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1952. Shortly before graduation, she was offered a job working for the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. She worked there first as a telephone operator and then in the business office.
November 29, 1953, Lois was united in marriage to the love of her life, Duane Hill at the Christian Church in Broken Bow by the Rev. Todd Hubbell. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, along with their daugher, Cyndi and son-in-law, Joe, who celebrated their 25th anniversary in November 2003. Duane passed away June 12, 2009.
They lived in Broken Bow until 1956, when they moved to a ranch in the Sandhills. While living in the Sandhills, they were blessed with three children; Cynthia Marie (Cyndi), Monte Ray, who passed away in infancy, and Eric Eugene. During the years, they have also been blessed with six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. They all have given Duane and Lois many hours of joy and happiness. Each child has been special in their own way and Duane and Lois have always been very proud of all of them.
In the fall of 1965, they purchased a ranch south of Berwyn. They raised their children on this ranch believing they had instilled in them good work ethics, and love of the land and animals, that would last a lifetime. They raised cattle, horses and loved the land that God had blessed them with. Besides helping with the ranch, Lois worked with insurance, real estate, and for Farm Credit Services for around 20 years. In the fall of 1997, they purchased an acreage near Lexington where they enjoyed their horses and their home. In March of 2003, they purchased land north of St. Paul. They enjoyed their time on this farm and joined the United Methodist Church at Wolbach.
Lois enjoyed the United Methodist Women organization at Wolbach, helping with dinners and whatever needed to be done to help with the work of the organization and the church. In September 2009, she purchased a home in Broken Bow. She then attended the First Christian Church in Broken Bow - again, enjoying attending the Christian Women’s Organization at the church.
During their lifetime together in the Sandhills, Berwyn, Lexington, St. Paul and Wolbach areas, Duane and Lois have been fortunate to meet and gain friendships that have lasted a lifetime. These friendships have been a very important part of their lives and ones they cherished.
Lois is survived by a daughter and her husband, Cyndi and Joe Clarke of Central City; a son and his wife, Eric and Karmajo Hill of Hayes Center; two grandsons, Adam Clarke and his wife, Misty of Central City, and Skylar Hill of Hayes Center and his wife, Tanner; four granddaughters, Kacie (Clarke) Dillon and her husband Jerry of Phoenix, Ariz., Morgan Clarke of Lincoln, Dallas (Hill) Zimbelman and her husband Matt of Lexington, and Aryka (Hill) Van Horn and her husband Alex of Arlington, Tenn.; seven great-grandsons, Lane, Brock, and Aidan Clarke, Ethan, Evan and Connor Van Horn, and Maddox Dillon; three great-granddaughters, Kiyana and Kinley Clarke, and Quinn Dillon; sister-in-law, Marjorie McMurtry; and sister-in-law and her husband, Donna Jean and Duane Beck; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Duane; a son, Monte Ray; her parents, Roy and Florence McMurtry; brother, Richard McMurtry; brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Mary McMurtry; parents-in-law, Carroll and Madge Hill; sister-in-law, Shirley Hill; and brother-in-law, Don Hill.
Published in Custer County Chief, Nov. 29, 2012